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making news in america this morning, addressing issues. >> president obama speaks to the ladies of "the view," about same-sex marriage, and the losses at jpmorgan chase. and mitt romney goes back to iowa for his talk about the economy. deep in the budget cuts in the nation's most populous state, california. the governor is calling on voters to approve tax hikes. just days before its shares go on sale for the first time, a surprising finding about facebook. is the world's dominant social network just a fad? who is in danger of being booted from the ballroom just before the big finale?
good tuesday morning, everyone. i'm rob nelson. >> i'm diana perez. paula faris is on assignment. president obama and mitt romney are battling to stay in the headlines. >> the president goes after the female votes with an appearance on abc's "the view." and mitt romney talks about the economy in a key midwest state. tahman bradley has more on what's on take. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: the president is doing major outreach to women, who are crucial in his re-election hopes. that's why he taped the appearance on "the view," which airs later today. there were some laughs. but the president also discussed serious topics, as well. president obama is trying to lock down key democratic constituencies with his second term. with the women on "the view," and with a gay and lesbian fund-raiser last night in
new york. just days after announcing that he believes same-sex couples should be able to marry, the president declined to say whether he will now push for a repeal of the defense of marriage act, the federal law that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman. >> will you personally fight to repeal that act? >> well, look. congress is clearly on notice that i think it's a bad idea. >> reporter: the ladies"the view," also asked about jpmorgan's loss from risky trades. >> since these banks are insured, backed up by taxpayers, we don't want you taking risks where eventually, we might end up having to bail you out again because we've done that, been there. didn't like it. >> reporter: the pretaped interview airs this morning on abc. his likely republican rival, mitt romney, heads to iowa today. romney will try to turn the
focus of the campaign back to the economy, after days of talk of same-sex marriage. >> those issues, i think the president's change of view on this topic has become more current today. how important it is to the people a few months from now, time will tell. >> reporter: a new cbs news/"new york times" poll shows romney with a slight edge over president obama among registered voters and among women. although that advantage is within the poll's margin of error. one long-shot presidential campaign is slowly winding down due to lack of money. the 76-year-old texas congressman's coffers dried up recently. paul says campaigning in the primaries would have thrown his campaign into debt. but he says he'll still show up the gop convention this summer. and in other news, john edwards' oldest daughter, cate, could be called to the stand in her father's trial as early as today. 30-year-old cate has been at her
father's side since the trial began more than three weeks ago. yesterday, the judge severely limited the testimony of a key defense witness, who could have raised doubt about whether edwards broke campaign finance laws. brian mcnamee returns to the stand in the perjury trial of roger clemens. yesterday, mcnamee testified he began innijecting clemens in 19. clemens is charged with lying to congress in 1998, when he said he never used performance-enhancing drugs. a man convicted of drunk driving three times but was pardoned by haley barbour, is facing new charges. harry bostick is accused of driving under the influence, and leaving the scene of an accident that killed an 18-year-old woman. a nigerian man is under arrest for using the identity of a murder victim to work at one
of the biggest airports at the country. the man known as jerry thomas entered the country el lily in 1989 and worked for several contractors in newark, new jersey. he did not work for the tsa. but he did have access to sensitive areas. more severe budget cuts are now threatening the golden state. the weak economy has caused a shortfall in sales tax revenue in california's coffers. jeremy brown says there will be more cuts unless voters pass his tax hikes come november. >> we're going to have to cut deeper. but cutting alone really doesn't do it. that's why i'm linking these serious budget reductions, real, increased austerity, with a plea to the voters, please, increase taxes temporarily. >> the economy in california has yet to bounce back from the recession. unemployment in that state is 11%, among the highest rates in the nation. fire crews in arizona are
facing another day of tinderbox conditions as they battle several out-of-control wildfires. >> a scary situation there. the historic mining town of crown king remains under a mandatory evacuation ordered just weeks before its busy tourist season. and fires scorched have at least 6,000 acres and destroyed several buildings. winds are expected to pick up again this afternoon. now, for a check of the weather across the nation. fortunately, we've got several storms across the midwest. but not where it counts. expect hail and 70-mile-per-hour winds around dubuque, milwaukee, and chicago. a washout for much of the east coast. drenching rain from new england to d.c. and thunderstorms from the south to east. also stormy from texas to new orleans. >> 82 in dallas. 80 in omaha. 77 in the windy city. 72 in baltimore. 85 down in miami. 80s from seattle to salt lake city. and very hot in phoenix, coming in at 104. like we said, not helping the
wildfire conditions in arizona at all. coming up, a wish list of sorts. what companies do grads really want to work for? >> ones that are hiring. and where stubborn gas prices are not coming down just yet. your business news is next. also, a lot more than he bargained for on a trip to walmart. emergency in the garden section.
gasoline prices have down a nickel in the past week, to an average of $3.73 a gallon. but that's not the case along the pacific coast. there, kriss are rising, 13 cents in washington. 14 cents in california. 16 cents in oregon. and it's because of refinely problems in those areas. the controversy over a $2 billion trading mistake by jpmorgan chase isn't going away. executives are likely to get an earful at today's shareholders meeting in tampa. but it's unlikely that the shareholders will demand the removal of ceo jamie dimon. checking the markets. they're worries on the political impasse in greece. tokyo's nikkei average dropped 73 points today. hong kong's hang seng was up 164. in london, the ftse opened lower. on wall street, the dow lost 125 points yesterday. while the nasdaq index fell 31. it's going to cost more to own a piece of facebook. shares of the social network go
on public sale for the first time this friday. now, facebook yesterday raised the price range for its stock, which would make the company's value right around $100 billion, yep, billion, dollars. in a new poll, half of us think facebook is a passing fad. and is also overvalued. and although many of this year's college students can't be picky when it comes to jobs, they do have a wish list of favorite employers. for business students, the top three, google, apple and our parent company, walt disney. google showed up in the top ten for all five groups, even natural sciences. go, google. >> all the other adults who aren't in college, too much anticipated video games go on sale today. max payne 3, brings back the police detective for x-box and windows computers. >> and diablo three for macintosh for players 17 and older.
there you go. when we come back, jessica simpson did some thinking during her pregnancy. see what she came up with in "the pulse." and bad news for a restaurant when a fire broke out. but that's not the worst of it. stick around. still have doubts about taking aspirin for tough pain? listen to what mvp justin verlander thinks about it. i would say the source of most of my muscle pain would be in my shoulder. my trainer kevin rand recommended it to me. i was kind of skeptical at first, but i tested it out, and bayer advanced aspirin relieved my pain fast. feeling 100% every start, every fifth day, i think definitely gives me a little bit of an edge. but don't take his word for it. put bayer advanced aspirin to the test for yourself at fastreliefchallenge.com
well, this texas couple had to be rescued by firefighters after a very bizarre home invasion. the culprits in all this, yeah. hundreds of bees. those bees swarmed the house so fast, the couple had to lock themselves in the bathroom for hours. it took firefighters a while to respond, actually, because they were busy battling bee infestation. >> oh. >> glad they got out. now, for a look at the morning road conditions. it's wet on i-95 from miami to maine. i-90, from boston to syracuse. and i-80, from new york to davenport, iowa.
thunderstorms make for a slick ride on i-90 and 94 from wisconsin to chicago. rain on parts of i-10, from san antonio, to new orleans. >> and if you're flying today, airport delays are possible in boston, new york, philly, d.c., charlotte and chicago. well, there is major help starting today for families whose loved ones suffer from alzheimer's and related diseases. families and caregivers can check a new one-stop website for easy to understand information about dementia and where to get help. it's part of a long-term white house strategy to find a cure for alzheimer's by 2025. police in tucson have confirmed that the father of a missing 6-year-old girl has been barred from having contact with his two seasons. >> isabel celis was missing three weeks ago. her father, sergio, reported her missing. >> it does not mean we have settled on a path with this investigation.
as we said from the very beginning, we're open to multiple paths on this investigation. we're not closing the door on any possibilities. >> the police chief says the department has processed more than 1,000 tips and contacted more than 500 sex offenders in that city. but they still have not identified any suspects. a school bus filled of sixth graders returning from a class trip slammed into the back of a semitruck on an illinois highway. a fleet of ambulances rushed to the scene. more than a dozen people were injured including the bus driver. one student had to be airlifted to the hospital. the bus apparently rear-ended the semitruck as it approached a construction zone. and police reported a video of this truck plowing into a pawn store to find the culprit. two men were in the truck. the driver wore a mask. but it's not clear if they stole anything because they ran off as soon as they crashed. the truck had been stolen. but the owner claims he didn't know that until police showed up.
meanwhile, a walmart is apologizing for an attack at its stores. >> this is weird. this man here, was shopping at walmart's outdoor garden section when he reached down to move a stick that was blocking the price of the mulch he was looking to buy. that stick was a rattlesnake. and it quickly sank its fangs into his hand. >> i picked it up. it turned around and it was a rattlesnake. and it latched on to me. and i shook my hand twice before i let go. i want to find out what's wrong with my hand before i do talking to anybody. if i have to get legal advice or what. >> craig stomped the snake to death. and another customer rushed him to the hospital. it's not clear where, exactly, though, that snake came from. >> scary. >> lucky guy. all right. time, now, for sports. and a rivalry renewed in the nba. highlights, now, from espn. >> good morning. cole wright here with your
"sportscenter" update. and monday evening, western conference semis. lakers/thunder. let's go. second quarter. 37-29. hardin, sixth man of the year. oak city by ten. lakers down 13. kobe says, i'll fix that. 3 of his 20. kobe, 20 and 3 in this one. it wouldn't be enough. third quarter, thunder up top. kevin durant, to russell westbrook. thunder by 19. and durant for three, yes. fourth quarter, lakers down 30. pau gasol hits the jumper. world peace is exhibiting poor sportsmanship. drags hardin to the hardwood. thunder up 30. nick collison to hardin. thunder were impressive. they win 119-90. the east, the celtics facing off against the sixers. game two, eastern conference semis. thirty quarter.
andre iguodala. shot in the lane. cs down a pair. rondo, the big ticket. and k.g., 15 points on the night. down a pair, ray allen to the rescue. hitting the three. celtics by one. evan turner, the sixers by one. garnett, the screen on williams. williams hit both from the stripe. under ten to go. allen sinks the three. it's not enough. sixers win by a dash, 82-81. "wednesday night baseball" is good. always good. a.l. east action, the boston red sox traveling to tropicana field to take on joe maddon and the rays. espn, espn3 and the espn app. a fire in a restaurant normally wouldn't raise too many eyebrows. here's an example of all not being quite what it seems. >> firefighters responded to an electrical fire at an asian eatery in seattle yesterday. and oh, yeah. look what they found.
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updating our top stories now. on abc's "the view," later today, president obama calls for tighter regulation in the wake of the jpmorgan chase $2 billion loss. he also defends his latest position on gay marriage. john edwards oldest daughter, cate, could take the stand today in her father's corruption trial. the democrat got off to a rocky start when the judge removed the testimony of a key witness. so far, 6,000 of acres and several buildings have been scorched. residents in the historic mining town of crown king remain under evacuation orders. thunderstorms from san antonio to new orleans. severe weather across wisconsin, iowa and northern illinois. and finally from us this morning, a happy high-tech reunion four decades in the
making. >> a south florida woman who gave up her newborn son for adoption in 1972 got the surprise of her life, thanks to the power of the internet. details, now, from aaron guy from our west palm beach affiliate. >> reporter: 40 years ago. that was the last time emma olsen got to tell her son she loves him. >> i just put him in my arms and held him. as tight as i could, without breaking him. >> reporter: and it was the power of the internet, something unheard of the day she delivered a little boy that eventually brought this mother and son back together. >> happy mother's day. >> hi, sweetie. >> my son, when he got old enough, he opened his birth records and found out that i was his birth mother. it took him 20 years to find me. and he found me on my birthday, april 3rd. >> reporter: olson is pretty savvy online. but little did she know,
facebook would reunite her with her son, larry johnson. >> i almost fell off the chair. when i saw this come up. oh, my gosh. oh, my gosh. lord, what are you doing here? is it time for me, finally, to see my son? >> reporter: and it sure was. you see, johnson says he had a wonderful childhood. but sadly, had to bury both his parents last year. but because he never gave up searching, he was able to share this mother's day with someone very special. >> this is -- >> happy day. >> it's been so outrageously beautiful. i'll tell you. i just can't -- just has made it so much better. >> reporter: and if this mother's day story can get any better, in a few weeks, alma is flying to arizona to watch her son get married. >> the power of technology and the power of facebook. >> the love between them, even